Friday, April 27, 2007

All The Little Details

I’ve been working on what was supposed to be an 8K word short story. Currently I’m up to just a tad over 14k and still going strong. Currently I’m aiming for 25K. I realized, though, that since I started this story sometime around Halloween, I’ve forgotten important aspects of the story, like the name of the town they live in and even the color of my hero and heroine’s eyes.

One thing I’ve always wanted to do when writing, or planning a story, was to get a three ring binder and fill it with all the important details, pictures of my characters (quite often I use models for my characters, generally actors, sometimes models). At times I do this and keep the info in files on my computer, but I’m really wanting to do this in a binder this time. Anyone else do this? How do other writers keep track of this information and keep it within easy reach? Quite often I work on three different computers and while I have a “memory stick” I don’t always have it with me.

I was just curious to find out the methods of my fellow authors to keep track of all the little details.

Its still cold and rainy here in NH. The kids have been on vacation this week, and have been going stir crazy, not really getting out until I’m home from work. And my husband has pneumonia so its been a tough week.
Next week will be better. I hope.


At 4:55 PM, Blogger Amie Stuart said...

I don't really do pics, but I do keep a small spiral bound notebook for each story for plotting notes etc (it's 9 x 5) and I save each WIp to a different folder on my thumb drive (including pics if I have them)

At 5:10 AM, Blogger Marianne Arkins said...

I have index cards stuck up above my desk with pertinent info -- like hair and eye color (which I forget all the time!). They're color coded and match a file box with more obscure info I probably won't need all the time (like the name of the postmistress in town).

Maybe I'll take a picture and put it up on my blog, just for fun!


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